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Seminar Schedule

Seminar Dates – November 5-12, 2016Israeli Security Model

Seminar sessions provide participants with an overview of Israel’s security threats and mitigation methods, with emphasis on the protection of critical infrastructure and key national and local assets.

In particular, the sessions and site visits provide participants with a unique inside look into the security operations of a number of Israel’s most secured facilities and protected environments, including: government facilities, borders, critical infrastructure and more. In addition, the curricula cover many Israeli agencies involved in security from the national to local levels, threat identification and mitigation approaches, emergency preparedness and response capabilities, and innovations in security technology.

Throughout the Seminar, participant discussions will focus on the key concepts underlying the Israeli practices, their application to the participants’ national security strategies, and challenges in adopting and sustaining the concepts and practices in diverse country environments. The following describes specific Seminar sessions.

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» Saturday
herods_hotelCheck-in to Dan Panorama Tel Aviv , Tel Aviv
Reception and welcome dinner at 8:00PM – 9:30PM (meet at hotel lobby)
» Sunday
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast


08:30 – 10:30 Introduction to the Israeli Security Model

Presentation lead by Amotz Brandes – Managing Partner Chameleon Associates

This training module will provide attendees with an overview and background to the Israeli Security Model. This presentation aims to provide a methodological context for the attendees with regards to information they will absorb during the course and site visits. The presentation will discuss key issues that make the Israeli Security Model unique in the world to include but not be limited to: a human centric security model, down-up decision making structure, a proactive culture and stance, a clear separation of duties between intelligence law enforcement and security, the use of Predictive Profiling and threat assessment, threat-oriented and not risk oriented security.

10:30 – 12:30 Principles of Proactive Security

Israeli Security Officer

Presentation lead by Amotz Brandes – Managing Partner Chameleon Associates

This is an introductory presentation that outlines for the trainees the fundamental elements of threat oriented security. The trainer will address such concept is human based security system, Predictive Profiling, Security Questioning, Bottom-up Security System and more.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00– 17:00 The “Arab Spring” and its Impact on the World – International and Domestic Security Threats

Presentation lead by Brig. General (Ret) Shalom HarariMiddle East Map

The most useful, effective, deterring and inexpensive weapon against criminals and terrorists is the ability to ask a good question. For years, security has been investing billions of dollars into hardware, weapons, technology and manpower. Armed security officers are required to undergo training for handling a gun and in shooting. Many of those officers go through numerous weeks of training to hone their tactical skills. But how many officers are trained to effectively use the one weapon readily available and that affords the most powerful impact in terms of protection? … a good question.



End of Day One
» Monday
06:45 – 07:45 Breakfast


08:30 – 10:00 The IMI Academy – Introduction

Presentation lead by CEO of IMI Academy and Head of Training Department

Participants will get an overview presentation of the function and capabilities of IMI Academy and the role it plays in training security professionals for a variety governmental, non-profit and private organizations in Israel.



10:15 – 12:30 The Israeli Tactical Shooting Technique

Tactical ShootingDemonstration lead by IMI Academy Head Trainer – Tactical Shooting

Trainees will learn and practice Israeli shooting techniques in different threat scenarios. The Israeli shooting technique is based on the capability of a single security officer to respond immediately and effectively to a situation to a violent assault by one or more individuals. Participants will simulate tactical scenarios and experience and practice Israeli shooting techniques at the range.



12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Krav Maga Trainer13:30 – 17:00 Krav Maga

Demonstration lead by IMI Academy Head Krav Maga Trainer

Introduction to Krav Maga and the key concepts behind it. This training will include simulations by expert Krav Maga instructors. IMI will focus on the use of Krav Maga as a tool for use by unarmed and armed officers to deal with a violent attacker. Instructor will demonstrate the techniques used by Israeli security officers to counter suicide bombers, armed assailants and more.



Back to Tel Aviv Hotel



» Tuesday
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast


09:00 – 12:00 City of Ashkelon – Civilian Preparedness and Response to Terrorism

Presentation and Tour lead by City of Ashkelon's Security Department

Ashkelon, a growing city of 120,000 people is a target of frequent missile attacks from the Gaza strip, only 13km away. Participants will meet with city officials to discuss how the community prepares and reacts to that constant threat. The city’s emergency and security managers will discuss the challenges of maintaining normal municipal services while operating under an a severe emergency situation and will describe the relationships between the City, Army, Police and other government agencies before, during and after a terrorist attack. At the end of the presentation, the group will travel to a nearby viewpoint over the Gaza Strip where they will be briefed about border security challenges in this area.



12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:45 – 17:00

A Tour Along the Gaza Border – Lead by Brig Gen (Ret) Shalom Harari 

The group will view the security, military and intelligence arrangements along the Gaza Border. The presenter will discuss the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza and will point out the military and civilian challenges of both the Palestinian and the Israeli populations there.  The group will learn about the recent military campaigns lead by the IDF again the Hamas in Gaza.



Back to Tel Aviv Hotel



» Wednesday
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast

Ben Gurion airport

09:00 – 12:00 Securing Critical Infrastructure: Air Transportation – Ben Gurion Intl Airport

Demonstration lead by Ben Gurion Airport (CLASSIFIED)

Airport security remains a strong emphasis of many countries’ counter-terrorism strategies. In this session, the Security staff at the Ben Gurion Airport will discuss with participants the security approaches and capabilities at what is often called the most protected airport in the world. Participants will learn about the extensive security strategies that cover all aspects of airport operations from outside the terminal to passenger venues to tarmac operations. Participants will see how human and technical security methodologies and procedures are used to predict threats and deter terrorism threats. In addition, the session will include information on the extent to which Ben Gurion’s security extends to airline operations overseas whose passengers’ destination is Ben Gurion. Participants will discuss the applicability of the Airport’s approach to other airports which have differing passenger loads and geographical operations.



12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Across Cultures and Religions – a Visit to an Arab Village Mosque and Church

Presentation lead by Brig. General (Ret) Shalom Harari

The group will be hosted at an Arab Village where they will learn about Arab Muslim and Christian Communities in Israel. They will visit a Mosque to learn about Arab Muslim culture and how they see themselves in Israel as a religious and ethnic minority. The group will also visit an Arab Christian Monastery where they will learn about the history Arab Christian communities in Israel.

Back to Tel Aviv Hotel


19:30 Evening Tour to the Old City of Jaffa (Optional)

Lead by Amotz Brandes, Director, Chameleon Associates

Jaffa is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the ports along the Israel’s coast. From Jaffa port, the Bible records that the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish. Some claim that Jaffa was named after Japheth, one of the three sons of Noah, who built it after the Great Flood. A Hebrew etymology indicates that the city is called Jaffa because of its beauty (yofi in Hebrew).

» Thursday
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

09:30 – 10:15 Securing Critical Infrastructure: Views of the Old City of JerusaleIsraeli Security Courses

Site visit lead by Amotz Brandes Managing Partner Chameleon Associates 

The old city of Jerusalem is the most disputed territory in history that is serves as a tourist destination, a pilgrimage site, a cultural and political center and the as residence of a vibrant and ethnically and religiously diverse population.

10:30 – 12:15

Securing Government Installations and Continuity of Government –  The Israeli Parliament (The Knesset)

Government facilities serve as symbols of a country and its values, thus presenting very attractive targets to terrorists.  In Israel, the Knesset is a very powerful symbol of the democratic State of Israel.  The Knesset Guard is the security force in charge of protecting the Knesset and its elected members.  Unlike other Israeli security forces, but similar to operations in other countries, the Knesset Guard is independent, and not supervised by the Israeli Police or the Israeli General Security Services.  The Knesset Guard’s unique independent status maintains the separation of powers between the judicial, legislative and executive branches within the Israeli government.  Participants will learn about the politically diverse composition of Knesset members that complicates security arrangements, strategies to facilitate citizen access to the Knesset and its members, and threat assessment and security approach from the Knesset Guard Sergeant-at-Arms.

12:30 – 13:30

The Supreme Court of Israel – Site visit lead by Supreme Court Security DepartmentSupreme Court

The Supreme Court of Israel is the highest court in Israel. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all other courts and, in some cases, original jurisdiction.

The building opened in 1992 and is a blend of enclosed and open spaces; old and new; lines and circles. Approaching the Supreme Court library, one enters the pyramid area, a large space that serves as a turning point before the entrance to the courtrooms. This serene space acts as the inner "gate house" of the Supreme Court building. 


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:15 – 15:15 Securing Critical Infrastructure: Monuments and Icons

Site visit lead by Amotz Brandes Managing Partner Chameleon Associates

There are those who say that the old city of Jerusalem poses the most difficult security challenge in the world. Less than 0.5 square miles, the city houses the most sacred religious sites to Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

15:15 – 17:30 The Old City of Jerusalem

Critical Infrastructure Protection

A site visit of the Via Dolorosa, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Old Market and the Jewish Quarter.

Back to Tel Aviv Hotel


» Friday
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast

Orientation and Tour

10:00 – 11:30 Sea of the Galilee and Christian sites

11:30 – 13:00 Keeping Border Security in an Unstable and Volatile Environment – The Golan Heights

Site visits lead by Chameleon Associates

Attendees will visit Israel’s borders with Syria briefed on the volatile situation across the border. Trainees will see firsthand (and from a safe distance) the influence of the “Arab Spring” on the forces and power struggle in Syria. A historical overview will be given on the wars fought in that region and the political impact it still has on world affairs.

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch in a Druze Village on the Golan Heights – The Challenge of Conflicting Allegiances


Site visit lead by Chameleon Associates

Trainees will be introduced to the Druze culture and traditions and the unique and difficult position of the Druze whose people are spread across three countries at war with each other. The trainees will learn about the conflicts of allegiance between ethnicity, religion, country and family that the Druze are challenged with daily.

17:15 – 18:45 Farewell Dinner – Old city of Caesarea

Site visit lead by Amotz Brandes Managing Partner Chameleon Associates

We finish this seminar with a farewell dinner at the old Roman port of Caesarea. Participants will be asked to share their lessons learned from the seminar. A certificate of completion will be handed to trainees.

» Saturday

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Hotel check out 11AM – Departure

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